duck·​ling | \ ˈdək-liŋ How to pronounce duckling (audio) , ˈdə-kliŋ \

Definition of duckling

: a young duck

Examples of duckling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Females are all brown and might be herding a flock of ducklings. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "12 Wisconsin birds to look for in your backyard and beyond," 8 May 2020 The story begins when John is chosen by his class to care for and raise three mallard ducklings that hatched from a group of eggs delivered by a local farm to the school for a biology project. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "Readers and Writers: A pile of picture books by Minnesotans for holiday shopping," 17 Nov. 2019 For example, a larger-than-life skull, a work by Katharina Fritsch, sits incongruously on the lagoon bank alongside a mother duck and her wobbly ducklings, new life and a symbol of death co-existing in the same space. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "History marches on in New Orleans with these new attractions," 25 Feb. 2020 See the baby swan attempt to fit in among bright ducklings and a glowing cat before finding its true home. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "11 fun things to do the week of Feb. 28-March 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth," 26 Feb. 2020 Associated Press BLUE HILL, Maine — There’s no Tinder for waterfowl, but that didn’t stop a Maine bird owner from trying to find a match for a mourning duckling. USA TODAY, "A yellow duck was heartbroken. So, a teacher made the grieving bird a dating ad," 14 Dec. 2019 Browne includes a page of interesting facts about migratory birds, and 10 top tips on caring for mallard ducklings. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "Readers and Writers: A pile of picture books by Minnesotans for holiday shopping," 17 Nov. 2019 Getting the ducklings installed in the Public Garden required not only the cooperation of McCloskey and the advocacy of an urban planner, Suzanne deMonchaux., "parents complained its sun-heated bronze was “burning” children.," 13 Nov. 2019 By far, the cutest member of the family was the young duckling with its distinctive black and white stripes on its body. Cori Brown,, "Cori Brown: Walk on the wild side in Germany," 10 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of duckling

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Duckling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of duckling

: a young duck
: the meat of a young duck that is used as food


duck·​ling | \ ˈdək-liŋ How to pronounce duckling (audio) \

Kids Definition of duckling

: a young duck

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